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IN THIS ISSUE: WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE? • As 2020 draws to a close, we reflect on the top stories in the wine world this year.
WINEMAG.COM: VISIT OUR WEBSITE TO EXPLORE CRAFT BREWS • Looking for a new indoor project? Join the crowd of people who are beginning to discover the rewards of homebrewing (like ample six-packs for gifting). With the right supplies and a little help from winemag.com, you’ll easily master your next favorite hobby.
AWAY AT HOME • After a year of stocking up, staying in and clinking glasses across computer screens, you may be looking for some new scenery. Turn the page for fresh escapism tips from wine and beverage pros who have aced armchair adventure beyond their four walls.
CABERNET FRANC GOES BLANC • U.S. winemakers are bringing a lighter perspective to Cabernet Franc production.
GRAPE ON THE GO: RIESLING ROMPS AROUND • Widely known for its sweet expressions, this variety proves its versatility across the map.
FLOR PLANS • In southern Spain, centuries-old Sherry bodegas marry form and function.
Q&A: CLEAN WINE CONSCIOUS • Actress and author Cameron Diaz and fashion entrepreneur Katherine Power share more about the key that defines their new wine brand, Avaline.
COCKTAIL OF THE MONTH: FREEZE THAT FIZZ • Here’s a way to use up any bubbles left after the ball drops.
IS NOW THE TIME TO INVEST IN WINE? • Collecting and cellaring lead to personal gratification, and if you play your cards right, there might be a financial reward, too.
RECIPE OF THE MONTH: QUICHE ME QUICK • Royalty among egg dishes, the elegant quiche Lorraine lends itself to myriad variations, but it always showcases a simple silky custard laced with salty pork. Baked in a springform pan, this version boasts maximum eggy excellence. Use your favorite pie dough or, to make even easier, opt for store-bought pie dough.
A LITTLE TWINKLE • Semi-sparkling wines have less fizz and a whole lot of character, so if you’re someone who cranks your SodaStream up to its highest setting, you may question the appeal of a sparkling wine with less effervescence. But this style of wine can deliver a food-friendly balance of bubbles and flavor. And if you’ve ever enjoyed a bottle labeled “frizzante,” “pétillant,” “spritzig” or “perlant,” you’ve already experienced it.
PAIROLOGY: SQUASH FOR A NOSH • Creamy, sweet butternut complements several wines’ greatest virtues.
CLAY TO WIN • Amphora and similar vessels are being adopted by brewers, distillers and more.
VIEWPOINT: AND THE BEST WINE OF THE YEAR IS… • The one you’re drinking right now.
THE ENTHUSIAST 100 OF 2020 • The Best Wines to Enjoy Now
BORDEAUX’S PREMIER CREW • The region’s five first growths make some of the most sought-after wines in the world. Get to know the stories behind the legends.
TOP 100 SPIRITS OF 2020 • These are the best pours, from whiskey to vodka and beyond.
URUGUAY’S MOMENT • Modern wines that make a big statement are pushing one of the world’s smallest wine-producing countries to new heights.
TOP 25 BEERS OF 2020 • From lagers to stouts, these were the year’s best-reviewed brews.
NEW IDEAS ON THE OLD CENTRAL COAST • Historic estates in one of California’s seminal wine regions continue to innovate.
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